Drinking Game: Anytime you hear or read ‘Ice Cream’ take a sip.
There are quite a few articles out there giving different beer pairings to make the best beer floats, and I didn’t want to do that, because 1.) It’s been done a lot, and 2.) it’s not really beer education.
However, I’ll give a few quick combos for anyone who wants to try at home, and there are links under References, below to some more detailed recipes.
If you don’t like dark beers, don’t you worry. There are still beer floats out there for you.
- Hefeweizen & Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream
- Porter & Chocolate Ice Cream
- Pilsner & Citrus Sherbert
- Stout & Coffee Ice Cream
- White Belgium Ale & Orange Sherbert
So… other than more beer/ice cream combos, what the hell could I research?
Prohibition & Yuengling
Yuengling’s saving grace during Prohibition was ice cream! This wasn’t uncommon, since a lot of the brewing equipment could be used to make ice cream, and they had cold places to store ice cream, and refrigerated trucks, since that’s where they stored the beer. Yuengling’s ice cream though, got so popular that they continued to sell it after Prohibition. They took a hiatus in 1985, but came back in 2014. Today you can buy flavors like Black & Tan, and Butterbeer. They take online orders, and for just $8 a pint and $30 in shipping, you can now have Yuengling ice cream mailed to you on dry ice!
Moving on to…
Beer Ice Cream
While beer floats are just throwing a scoop of ice cream into a glass of beer, beer ice cream is a bit different. Most places will simply use beer as an ingredient while making ice cream, however, Salt & Straw in Portland Oregon, has taken a different approach. They actually work with brewers at local breweries and the brewers make a thick syrup for them, which is basically just wort.
For those not familiar with wort, it is the liquid that is extracted from the mashing process, while you’re brewing beer. It’s basically the liquid right before it starts fermenting. So, it can be incredibly sweet, because the yeast needs sugar to make beer.
This was done because the actual making of the ice cream changes the flavor of the beer a bit, and they wanted to get more of the genuine beer flavor in their ice cream.
Now the real question is, can you get a buzz off a bowl of beer ice cream? Typically no. The alcohol is generally cooked off while making the ice cream. However, if the ice cream is made with a “flash freezing technique” using liquid nitrogen, then yes. You can get a buzz off some ice cream.
Beer Ice Cream Truck
At the beginning of the quarantine Lucky posted an article about Goose Island selling beer out of an ice cream truck around Chicago. Sadly this did not seem to catch on, but was clearly a genius idea.
So…what have we learned? If you really want to combine beer and ice cream, you can make shit real complicated, or just throw a scoop of ice cream in that beer glass. Make it a crazy night with a flight of beer, and a flight of ice cream, and see what you get. You never know what combinations are gonna be perfection, and which are gonna be garbage. If you want to make things super complicated though, and most likely turn your beer non alcoholic, I have attached some recipes below….CHEERS!